If you are new to the subject of planning permission, we are here to help with our beginner’s guide to planning permission. This blog post will cover when it is needed and how you can request planning permission. Plus, we will touch upon what you can do if your request is denied.

Come to terms with planning permission in an easy to understand way, without any of the jargon.

What is planning permission?

Planning permission is simple to define as it does exactly what it says on the tin, so to speak. Planning permission involves you asking permission if you can carry out and complete certain building work. The local council are the ones you grant or deny your request for planning permission based on certain criteria.

Do you need it?

Typically, planning permission falls into two categories, which are home improvements and commercial/residential developments.

Starting with home improvements, you might need planning permission if you are building a conservatory, single or two-story extension, low conversion, outbuildings or porches. These are the most obvious ones however, other projects can include decking, external walls and garage conversions.

How do you request it?

In order to seek planning permission, you need to apply for it through your local council. To apply you will need several documents including, the proposed plans for the project, supporting documentation which assists in the application and the fee.

The plans should include the location plan showing the site you intend to carry out the project as well as the site plan, showing the proposed construction plan.

There might be a planning application fee to consider when applying, which you can check online through your local council. There are also only calculators that can calculate the estimated cost.

What to do if you get denied

If your planning permission application gets denied, you can launch an appeal if it has been unfairly rejected. You should also consider why your application was refused, to see if there is any way you can alter your plans to allow it to abide by the guidelines set.

More questions?

If you have any further questions, you can reach out to Castle Home Improvements today and we will do our best to help you.